Teachers in Ovia North East Local Government Area are mounting pressure on the authorities in charge to expedite action on the release of three of their female colleagues recently kidnapped from their school premises in Ekenwan Community.
This follows another round of protest by the teachers aimed at influencing the freedom of the three victims from the kidnappers.
The teachers drawn from Ovia North East Local government area marched through some major streets in Benin City with placards.
Their anger was that their three female colleagues kidnapped while on duty at their school in ekenwan community are yet to be released by their abductors.
The protesters who also carried their protest to the governor’s office demanded that security agencies and the state government should be more proactive in ensuring that three female teachers are released by the kidnappers.
The teachers said they cannot pay the sixty million naira ransome demanded on the victims by the kidnappers, since the state government has not paid teachers’ salaries for three months.
Responding, the deputy chief of staff to Edo state governor Mr. Stephen Idehenre who sympathized with the teachers urged them to be calm as the state government is deeply concerned with the incident.
Mr. Stephen maintained that crippling of academic activities at schools in Ovia North East will not help issues, but however promised to channel their grievances to the governor.
The protesters were also at the palace of the Benin monarch and the NUJ state secretariat where they appealed to the kidnappers to release the victims, Mrs. Patience Ikoshemeh, Mrs. Hashima Momodu and Mrs.Patience Osadolor.
Reported by Wellington Akodeja